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Batov, Ivan Andreevich locked

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(b Moscow province, 1767; d St Petersburg, 18/June 30, 1841). Russian violin maker. He was sometimes called the ‘Russian Stradivari’. He is said to have studied keyboard instrument making in St Petersrom 1803 to 1805. He was a serf of Count N.P. Sheremetev, in whose residence he maintained a workshop for making and restoring bowed and plucked instruments. Batov cared for the violin collection of Alexander I and presented the czar with a violin he made in ...

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